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The Kinks Musical Sunny Afternoon set for 2014

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The Kinks – Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory

A stage musical of the early story of Kinks frontman Ray Davies is likely to open at London’s Hampstead Theatre in 2014.

Sunny Afternoon will begin performances 14th April, 2014, prior to an official opening 1st May, through to 24th May.

Sunny Afternoon will feature the band’s hits, penned by Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall. A few days ago Ray Davies is quoted in The Guardian as saying: ‘I’m haunted by the songs I have written but never recorded

Sunny Afternoon will follow the band’s rise to stardom during the 1960s and is named after their 1966 hit single.

The Kinks’ numerous other hit songs include Waterloo Sunset, Lola and You Really Got Me.

Casting for the new show has yet to be announced.

The Kinks were formed by Davies with his brother Dave in north London in 1964. They were regarded as being a part of the British musical invasion of the US, with five top 10 singles. The group performed together for the last time in 1996.

Davies hinted earlier this year that The Kinks would consider a reunion to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014, and said that new material could be written to mark the occasion.

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Monday 16th December 2013


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